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In addition, a paper copy is available in our school office for you to view.


Family Science Night!

Tardy? Absent? Please READ!!

Dear Families of Graham Elementary School,


This year we are seeing an increase in the amount of students absent and tardy to school each day. As learning never stops, it is crucial for your child to be in school each and every day. Being present ensures that your child receives full access to the curriculum. In addition to that, in times of budget shortfalls our main source of income for schools is through ATTENDANCE. Please make an effort to get your student to school each day. If a student is sick, they should indeed stay home, however if they are well, they should be in school and on time daily. We need everyone’s help in improving Graham’s attendance rates and I appreciate the scholars who have perfect attendance thus far. Keep up the good work! Thank you everyone.



Principal Byrd

Traffic Safety - seguridad vial

As we begin the school year, Newark Police Department will begin citing drivers whenever necessary to encourage compliance of traffic laws and to reinforce that safety of our children is a priority.

There have been multiple incidents endangering children even a child being struck and several near misses.  Please remember that children’s cognitive abilities are still developing and they lack training and experience in traffic safety.  

Keys to avoid receiving a citation:

  • Drive Slow
  • Do not make illegal U-turns
  • Have car seats for children
  • Have seat belts on all passengers
  • Make a “full-stop” at stop signs

Putting our children at risk is not worth the few minutes you may save by rushing and breaking these suggestions.  Newark Unified School District and the Newark Police Department want to keep everyone safe.

Safety reminders for children walking to school:

  • Walk, don’t run across the street
  • Look left, look right and left again
  • Obey Walk/Wait signals
  • Do not cross at mid-block locations
  • Use crosswalks

Safety reminders for children biking to school:

  • Always wear a properly fastened and fitted helmet
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Ride in the same direction as motor vehicles
  • Check traffic when changing lanes, crossing streets or turning
  • Use hand signals



It is always a special occasion when your

child has a birthday. To minimize disruption

of our learning time, cupcakes, balloons and

food are not allowed in class for school day


Feel free to distribute treats in the

courtyard after school only.

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From the Principal - Ms. Akilah Byrd

Dear Graham Families,


Happy New Year and Welcome 2018!


We are excited to begin 2018 with your students. For the last 10 years Graham has participated in Pennies for Patients. Pennies for Patients is an opportunity for kids to help other kids. In January we are raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  By doing this, Graham’s Cubs are able to help children that have blood cancers. Since 2004 as a school we have raised over $13,000.00 to support this cause.


Parents - You can help! Place a donation bucket at your workplace and have your colleagues help our Cubs raise money for kids with cancer.  Also, many employers will match employee donations.  Ask your employer about matching donations. Graham can provide tax deductible receipts as needed.


We are also raising money to help send our 6th graders to science camp. You can help us by continuing to purchase popcorn on Fridays and attending our upcoming Pasta Night on January 25th. A raffle will also be held at this event and you do not have to be present to win. You may purchase tickets in advance after school through Jan.23 as no tickets will be sold at the door. Lastly, our Walk-a-Thon fundraiser will take place during the school day this year on Friday, February 23rd. This is a school-wide fundraiser and helps us to pay for field trips and other classroom materials. A big thank you to GPS for their continued commitment, time and energy to making Graham a great place to learn!


In addition, I wanted to thank our families for their snack donations to our after school math intervention program. We can always count on our parents who continue to give to Graham selflessly. Your support matters!  Winter is here, which means more rainy days and colder weather. Please be sure to dress students in warm clothing. We also have lots of items left in the lost & found weekly. Offer students a friendly reminder to check the lost & found if their jackets have gone missing.





Akilah Byrd